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Griffey moves up on home-run list as Reds beat Bucs

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PITTSBURGH -- Ken Griffey Jr. was puzzled when he was presented with a baseball after the Cincinnati Reds' 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After 1,000 extra-base hits, it must be tough to keep track.

Griffey hit his 534th career home run to tie Jimmie Foxx for 13th place on the all-time list and slugged his 1,000th extra-base hit to help the Reds with their fourth straight.

"He's one of the best to ever play the game," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "He's still one of the better players in baseball today, still in that elite group today. But he's in that elite group with anybody who's ever been out there on the field. It's a lot of fun to watch him."

Griffey went deep against Pittsburgh starter Kip Wells in the fourth inning for his 33rd homer of the season and fourth in as many games, then doubled in the sixth to hit the four-digit milestone. He has 430 doubles and 36 triples.

But Griffey said he only remembers his accomplishments when told of them by club officials. That's why he was surprised when the Reds gave him the ball he hit into the right-field corner.

"I really don't worry about streaks and things like that," Griffey said. "I just want to go about things concentrating on each of my at-bats, and what happens, happens. I don't really go up there thinking about any of that."

Griffey also extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The 12-time All-Star has hit .458 (27-for-59) during the stretch, with 10 multihit games.

Luke Hudson pitched six strong innings for his fifth win in six starts. Hudson (6-6) allowed one run and three hits, while walking four and striking out seven. He has not given up more than three earned runs in a start since July 16 against the Chicago Cubs when he dropped to 1-5. Since then, his ERA has dropped from 10.05 to 6.36.

"I kept my head up the best I could during that tough stretch," Hudson said. "I knew I was capable of having success. I was able to make good pitches when I had to today."

Felipe Lopez had two RBI and Edwin Encarnacion added two hits and two runs for the Reds, who have won four straight and 14 of their last 16 on the road.

Wells held Cincinnati hitless for three innings before Griffey connected to straightaway center. Two innings later, Griffey doubled down the right-field line.

Griffey's hits were all Cincinnati could muster before a two-run seventh. Lopez doubled with two outs to score Encarnacion and Jason LaRue reached on an error, chasing Wells (7-14). Wells, pushed up a day in the rotation because of an injury to starter Zach Duke, allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits, while walking three and striking out five.

"I thought Kip was outstanding," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He threw the ball extremely well, particularly on short rest."

The Reds took a 3-1 lead when reliever Mile Gonzalez walked Adam Dunn with the bases loaded to score Lopez.

Cincinnati added two more runs in the eighth on an RBI double by Jacob Cruz and Lopez's sacrifice fly. Sean Casey hit a two-run shot in the ninth for a 7-2 lead.

"We're playing real good baseball right now," Casey said. "The bottom line is we are getting real good starting pitching. If you get that and some timely hitting, you win ballgames."

Pittsburgh, which has lost five in a row and eight of nine, took a 1-0 lead in the first when Craig Wilson doubled home Jason Bay. Wilson was activated earlier in the day after missing 40 games because of a broken bone in his hand.

The Pirates' other run came on Humberto Cota's home run to lead off the seventh. Pittsburgh out-hit the Reds 8-7, but left nine men on base.

"We had some opportunities offensively but couldn't get it done," third baseman Ty Wigginton said.

Todd Coffey pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first career save for the Reds, who moved to six games under .500 -- the closest they have been to the break-even point since May 3 when they were 10-16.

"If we keep playing the way we are and keep winning, there is no reason to think we will not be up over .500 by the end of the season," LaRue said. "We are really looking forward to this final month."

Notes

  • When Jack Wilson looked at strike three to end the fourth inning, it marked the first time in 72 plate appearances the Pirates shortstop had struck out. It was the longest such streak of his career and had been the longest active streak in the majors. He previously struck out Aug. 7.
  • With 1,534 career RBI, Griffey is within three of tying Joe DiMaggio for 38th on the all-time list in that category.
  • Jason Bay stole second and third base in the fourth inning. He is 16-for-16 in stolen base attempts this season.
  • The Reds assured themselves of winning the series, which concludes Monday afternoon. They have won five series in a row away from Great American Ball Park and have not lost a series on the road since being swept June 28-29 in St. Louis.
 
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Ken Griffey Jr. eyes the flight of his 534th career HR, which ties him with Jimmie Foxx for 13th.  (AP)
Ken Griffey Jr. eyes the flight of his 534th career HR, which ties him with Jimmie Foxx for 13th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

L. Hudson
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 4
K 7
Cincinnati

S. Casey
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
Felipe Lopez, SS4112001 .287
Jason LaRue, C5000021 .264
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4121100 .302
Adam Dunn, LF2101300 .250
Sean Casey, 1B4112103 .319
Austin Kearns, RF5000013 .243
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B5220030 .238
Ray Olmedo, 2B1100200 .239
Luke Hudson, P2000011 .318
   a- Rich Aurilia, PH1000011 .275
    Jason Standridge, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shackelford, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .143
   b- Jacob Cruz, PH1011000 .231
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
Totals347777810 
a-struck out for Hudson in the 7th
b-doubled for Belisle in the 8th
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (28, Wells), Ken Griffey Jr. (30, Wells), Edwin Encarnacion (12, Meadows), Jacob Cruz (9, Meadows)
HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (33, Wells), Sean Casey (9, Grabow)
SF - Felipe Lopez (7)
SH - Ray Olmedo (2)
RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (66), Ken Griffey Jr. (90), Adam Dunn (86), Sean Casey 2 (52), Jacob Cruz (17)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez (26), Adam Dunn (31)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Casey
Cincinnati Reds
Luke Hudson (W,6-6) 6311470 6.36
Jason Standridge (H,4) 0.1211001 4.74
Brian Shackelford0100000 1.69
Matt Belisle (H,8) 0.2000010 3.89
Todd Coffey (S,1) 2200010 4.60
IBB - Bay by Luke Hudson
HBP - Eldred (by Luke Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hudson 99-51, Jason Standridge 5-4, Brian Shackelford 2-2, Matt Belisle 4-3, Todd Coffey 27-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hudson 2-8, Todd Coffey 3-2
Batters Faced - Luke Hudson 25, Jason Standridge 3, Brian Shackelford 1, Matt Belisle 1, Todd Coffey 8
Pittsburgh Pirates
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4020100 .277
Rob Mackowiak, CF-3B5010022 .273
Jason Bay, LF2110211 .300
Craig Wilson, RF4011014 .260
Brad Eldred, 1B3000032 .240
Ty Wigginton, 3B2000101 .231
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Brian Meadows, P0000000 .000
   a- Daryle Ward, PH1010000 .270
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
Jack Wilson, SS4000014 .237
Humberto Cota, C4121010 .241
Kip Wells, P1000000 .174
    Tike Redman, CF2000000 .254
Totals322824914 
a-singled for Meadows in the 8th
Batting
2B - Craig Wilson (6, Hudson), Humberto Cota (15, Hudson)
HR - Humberto Cota (7, Standridge)
SH - Kip Wells (3)
RBI - Craig Wilson (8), Humberto Cota (35)
2-OUT RBI - Craig Wilson (4)
SB - Freddy Sanchez (2, 2nd base off Hudson/LaRue), Jason Bay 2 (16, 2nd base off Hudson/LaRue, 3rd base off Hudson/LaRue)
CS - Freddy Sanchez (2, 3rd base by Belisle/LaRue)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Bay 1
E - Ty Wigginton 2 (8, ), Craig Wilson (2, Dropped fly)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Kip Wells (L,7-14) 6.2432351 4.66
Mike Gonzalez 0.1000200 2.94
Brian Meadows 1222110 5.01
John Grabow 1122121 3.96
IBB - Dunn by Kip Wells
WP - Kip Wells (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Kip Wells 97-60, Mike Gonzalez 16-6, Brian Meadows 19-11, John Grabow 25-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kip Wells 12-5, Brian Meadows 1-1
Batters Faced - Kip Wells 29, Mike Gonzalez 3, Brian Meadows 6, John Grabow 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23495
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Larry Young